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through the town, telling us that all was lost vices,-in consequence of his being called to on the Parliament's side; but they hurried on the nobler ones of the upper sanctuary." without giving any particulars."

“Were you near the battle-field ?" whispered As Baxter made a slight pause, Alice fixed Alice. her speaking eyes upon her father. His coun- “I visited it the morning after the battle, tenance was composed, but colourless, and his and found the Earl of Essex keeping the eyes were closed. “ The townsmen, then,” ground, and the King's army upon a hill about continued Mr. Baxter, “sent a messenger to a mile off. There were then about a thousand Stratford-on-Avon, and about four o'clock in dead bodies upon the field; many had been the morning he returned.”

buried before I came.” “With what news ?” said Elliston eagerly, if “ A thousand Englishmen slain by the hands not impatiently.

of their brethren !” exclaimed Alice, with a “ The left wing of the Parliament's army blanched cheek and uplifted hands. was wholly routed by Prince Rupert:"—the “A thousand souls sent to their everlasting old man sighed, and Alice's downcast eyes account," said Mr. Elliston solemnly. “When were moistened.—“ While his men were plun- | He maketh inquisition for blood, what a feardering the wagons, the main body and the ful account will a tyrannous king and perseright wing routed the rest of the King's army.” | cuting hierarchy have to render !”

“How happened it,” said Elliston, “that • You speak harshly of his majesty. We the left wing gave way?"

must remember that he is our lawful sove“It occurred through the treachery of Sir reign, though he has had ill advisers. I trust James Fortescue. When he was ordered to that, now they have seen the resolution of the charge, he went over to the King."

oppressed, they will consider their folly and 6. What I always feared. Those who have wickedness, and give to the King wholesome had experience of hereditary honours, cannot councils, and such as will bring the troubles easily resist the flatteries of a king. I would to a speedy close. At farthest, one more that none but yeomen held commissions in the battle will give us peace.” army.”

Mr. Elliston kept silence, but by a gesture “ You would exclude many noblemen who showed plainly that he differed from his friend. are the strength of the cause."

The opinion expressed by Baxter was very “ Then it will not prosper. If it prosper, it generally entertained by the Puritans, but Mr. must be through the instrumentality of God's Elliston was in frequent communication with people.”

Mr. Hampden, who had far juster views of the “ True ; yet He sometimes useth the instru- prospects of the nation. mentality of those who are not his servants. • Are the soldiers still at Edgehill ?" said The wrath of man is sometimes made to accom- Alice. plish the purposes of God.

But there are “ The King's troops have gone to Oxford. noblemen engaged in this cause, who are The Earl of Essex having taken care of the doubtless governed by the fear of God. Some wounded, is at Warwick Castle.” have already done excellent service. Lord St. * A thousand slain ones on the field! Was John fell in the late battle, and the victory was it not an awful sight ?”' in no small degree owing to the exertions of

" It was. The sight of death in so many Sir Philip Stapleton, and Sir Arthur Hasselrig. ghastly forms, woke within me more dreadful What could we do without our noble general, thoughts of the second death than I am wont the Earl of Essex ?

to entertain. Were the war to continue long, “ There is one who is far better fitted than he I would join some regiment and labour to preto be leader in arms, as he has been in council pare the soldier for the great change which is from the commencement of the struggle.” ever at his door. There are, however, many

“You mean Mr. Hampden. I confess it in the army, to whom a sudden summons would would give me great content to see the chief not be unsafe.” power in his hands.”

** Were there any mourners seeking for lost “ I distrust not the Earl of Essex, but in friends on the field of death ?” Hampden there are gifts and graces, such as “I saw there a mother with her infant child. God bestowed upon Nehemiah of old.”

She sought its father among those grim corpses. " I doubt not he is doing the cause greater She placed the child on the ground by the side service than he could render, were the whole of the dead, and it dabbled its little hand in care of the soldiery upon him. My spirit has the clotted gore, and looked up and smiled, often been refreshed by the heavenly conversa- and wondered at the tears which rained from tion of that beloved man. He has a ripeness the eyes of the mother. I spoke to the disfor Ileaven which makes me fear that poor dis- tressed woman, and found alas! that she had tracted England may ere long lack his ser- no hope for him who was gone."


“It must be wrong," said the gentle mother, Baxter, ever zealous to confute political as who had hitherto listened in silence. “What well as religious heresies, held long discussions are the oppressions which have been suffered with his host, and spared no arguments to win to scenes like these ? Mr. Baxter, you are a him back to loyalty. He also sought to guard minister of a peaceful gospel-can you counte- Alice from adopting, on this subject, the opinance such deeds ?”

nions of her father. She would listen, with I confess I long had doubts respecting the pleased attention, to his propositions and dislawfulness of drawing the sword, apparently tinctions; sometimes interposing questions against his majesty, but, really in defence of which would inconveniently interfere with the his just authority, till they were resolved by continuity of his elaborate logic, and sometimes Mr. Hampden. He has thought deeply upon in gentle, yet glowing language, giving utterthe matter, and taken counsel of God. When ance to sentiments which would have charmed we last met, we spent the whole night in the ear of Milton. conference upon this subject, not without much Perceiving no prospect of a speedy terminaprayer. He wept sorely at the necessity of tion to the war, unwilling to remain inactive, having resort to the weapons of blood; but it and perhaps ill-pleased with his failure to seemed to him to be clearly a case in which restore his friend to loyalty, Baxter accepted God himself mustereth the host to war. If an invitation to become the minister of the ever man lived with a single eye, that man is garrison at Coventry. John Hampden. He has most earnestly asked Some months had passed, and the cloud still wisdom from God, and, I doubt not, has re- hung over England, ever and anon discharging ceived it."

its fiery contents. It was evening. Alice was “I agree with you perfectly in that opinion,” sitting alone in the parlour-her parents having said Mr. Elliston.-_“You are feeble and weary, gone to an evening lecture. There was a gentle and need rest. We will hear more from you knock at the door. The timid servant hesitaon the morrow. You do not design to make ting, Alice lifted the latch. “George Hollis, us a brief visit?"

what has brought you here!” was her half“I found myself shut out from my field of unconscious exclamation. It was the first time labour, and feeling sure of a welcome, I came she had pronounced his name without the with the purpose of remaining till the fighting customary prefix. She became conscious of is at an end.”

the fact as soon as the words had escaped from “ You judged rightly that you would be her lips, and in her confusion, she neglected to welcome. We shall be glad to have you with invite him to enter. He waited not for an us as long as you propose.” The manner in invitation ; but seeing her in need of support, which he said this, revealed to the observing he gently placed his arm around her, and ear of Alice, his conviction that the visit was pressed her to his heart, then led her to the likely to be a protracted one. So much the sofa, and seated himself by her side. For a better, so far as the visit was concerned. Mr. moment the silence was unbroken, unless it Elliston's was but one of ten thousand firesides were by the audible beating of her heart. in England, where Mr. Baxter would have been Their eyes met—there was a world of meaning welcome for a lifetime.

exchanged in that glance. The Bible was placed before him. A chapter “Why are you not at the University ?” said was read, and expounded with the clearness, Alice, making a desperate effort to break the copiousness, and heart-application which cha- oppressive silence. racterized the services of Baxter. A fervent “ Because," said he, smiling for the first time prayer was then offered for themselves, for since his entrance, “I find a much stronger their country, and for the church of God. attraction here."

• These are not the times for compliments. CHAPTER II. You did not employ them at my uncle's, I pray


you do not enter upon them here. It is a Mr. Baxter remained with his friend nearly matter of joy to your friends, that while many a month, when the war, instead of being ended, are exposed to the dangers of the field, your had spread all over England. In the mean duty calls you to the quiet retreats of learning.” time, he had discovered, to his great grief, that This was spoken in order to give a turn to the his old friend was little better than a republican. conversation. Hollis was half-inclined to reMr. Elliston had not, like Baxter and many gard it as ironical. others, deluded himself into the belief that the “ Have I done well in remaining thus long in Parliament was not carrying war against the those quiet retreats, leaving my countrymen to King. He regarded the King as an enemy to bear the heat and burden of the day?" be conquered; yea, he thought he might as “Men have different callings." lawfully be shot as any soldier in his army. “I recently met one who when these troubles


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came on, was in Italy, drinking at the fountains | It may be that the good cause may be overof literature, and perfecting himself in that borne. In that case, the members of so promidivine art whose brightest ornament he is; he nent a family as yours would meet with exile, immediately set out for England, deeming it if not with death. Besides, you are yet young, base to be enjoying a learned ease abroad, and may meet with some one, perhaps, among when his friends were fighting for liberty at the daughters of the noble, who would better home. In like manner, I judge that it ill grace your father's halls." becomes the son of Colonel Hollis to abide in “I fear not to affirm, that among all the safety at Cambridge, when braver and better daughters of England's nobles, there is no one men are baring their bosoms to the death-shot.” of more true grace and dignity than Alice."

“You intend to join the army,” said Alice, The old Puritan smiled at the enthusiasm of vainly endeavouring to conceal the alarm the the young man. thought occasioned.

6. What says the Colonel to your project of “I have come to ask your approbation of the wooing a country girl ?” work before me."

“ Pardon me, sir, you told me you knew my “ Mine!”

father." “Yes, yours !" fixing his eye upon hers. “It “ He has increased in power and consequence is a solemn step, and I wish for the approbation since I saw him." and blessing of one whose favour I prize more “He remains unchanged, save that he has highly than that of any human being. May I an intenser hatred of oppression, and a firmer hope that"

daring to resist it. When he drew the sword, The sentence was interrupted by the agita- he threw away the scabbard.” tion of Alice. She was preserved from falling Again a smile rested on the old man's lips. from her seat, only by the intervention of his “ Think well of the matter: you have my ap

Before another word was spoken, her probation so far as you have that of your parents entered the parlour. Alice requested honoured father.” her father to assist her to her chamber. On “Thank you. In the morning, I will, if leaving the apartment, she gave Hollis a look Alice will allow me, spend an hour with her; and smile which removed all doubt respecting then I must hasten back to Cambridge.” his interest in her heart.

The lovers met at an early hour. No verbal On Mr. Elliston's return to the parlour, Hol- explanation of the relation they sustained to lis made a brief statement of the object of his each other seemed necessary. visit. “I saw your daughter,” said he, “last “I must leave you, dearest, in an hour at most." summer, at Elliston Hall, and the esteem with “Must you return to the University so soon ?” which I was led to regard her, has caused me “I return to Cambridge, but not to the Unito make this hasty visit, previous to my com-versity. I have lately had an interview with mitting myself to the chances of the field. It one whom England will ere long recognise as was not my purpose to say aught to her respect- her mightiest son, and I have, in consequence, ing my feelings and wishes, till I had first se- with my father's permission, resolved to join a cured your approbation; I have been led to depart regiment of cavalry about to be raised. It is from that purpose, for which I crave pardon.” to consist wholly of noblemen.”

“ I should expect nothing from the son of “Of noblemen !” Colonel Hollis, but what is in accordance with Yes, of noblemen by divine right. No one the law of propriety and right. I was aware is to be received who cannot give an intelligent that you had seen my daughter, and have some- reason of the hope that is within him. It is to times feared that an impression might have be composed of those who can pray as well as been made unfavourable to her peace.”

fight; who, while they wield the weapons of “I saw her worth, and may have uncon- carnal warfare, can at the same time grasp the sciously manifested the admiration and regard sword of the spirit. With such men, our leader it was adapted to awaken. The son of John is confident he can sweep away every opposing Hollis would not seek to ensnare the affections foe, and show in what way an end can be put of any one without the consent of those to to a war, which, if protracted, will make Engwhom she owes duty. What has taken place land a desert.” this evening was without design, and for it I Such a regiment the world has never seen. hope to be pardoned.”

Who is to command it?” " I know Colonel John Hollis well, and if, as “Oliver Cromwell, now a captain." I trust he is, the son be worthy of the sire, he A look of disappointment clouded her transis one to whom a parent may well be content parent features. He guessed the thought that to commit his daughter's happiness. But, was passing in her mind. young man, think well before you proceed further in this matter. The times are troublous.

(To be continued.)

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Then, He withdrew Again, and prayed. The mournful olives bent, Weaving their branches round him tenderly, And sighed and thrilled, thro' all their listening leaves. Paler than marble was the brow that pressed The matted grass, leaving the blood-print there, Yea, the red blood-print.

Oh Gethsemane!
Draw closer thy drear veil. I would not see
My Saviour's agony.

Yet not alone
Passed that dread hour, tho' His disciples slept.
There was a pitying spirit of the skies,
Who wept and wondered, and from odorous wings
Shed balm ambrosial on the sufferer's head.

THERE was a garden, near Jerusalem,
Where Jesus went to pray, not the fair breast
Of Olivet-beloved by Kidron's wave-
But wrapped in denser shades, and deeper veiled,
For the soul's secresy.

Thither he went,
With his disciples, when his course on earth
Drew near a close. It was a moonless night,
And heavily he drooped, as one who bears
An inward burden. Drear Gethsemane
Gave him no welcome, as his weary feet
Paused at its portal. Almost it might seem
That Nature, with prophetic eye, foresaw
The sufferings of her Lord. With its rough cones,
The terebinth did tremble, and the buds
That Spring had early wakened, hid their heads
Again in their turf.cradles, tearfully.
A horror of great darkness fell on Him
Who wrought the world's salvation.

Unto those,
Who at His call had left the fisher's coat,
And the receipt of custom, and had shared
His daily bread, he turned; for in the hour
Of bitter anguish, sympathy is dear,
Even from the humblest.

Unto them, He turned,
| But they were gone, gone! —and He searching found
That heary-eyed and self-indulgent band
Stretched out, in sleep supine. They took their rest,
While He, who for their sakes had toiled and taught,
And healed their sickness and supplied their need,
And walked at midnight on the raging sea,
Strove with the powers of darkness. Rising tides
Of grieved, untiring, unrequited love
Mixed with the question from those lips divine,

Would that I knew his name, who thus did stand
Near the Redeemer, when both earth and heaven
Forsook His fainting soul. There was a sound
Like rushing pinions of a seraph host;
But wildering awe, and unsolved mystery
Enchained them in mid-air, and only one
Came down to comfort Him.

Thou who didst bear
Unuttered pangs for an ungrateful race,
Remember us, when desolate, and lone,
In our Gethsemanes, we agonize,
Imploring God to take the cup away,
And shrinking, in our poverty of faith,
To add the words, that make His will, our own.
Thou, who amid Heaven's bliss, forgettest not
The weakness of the clay Thou once didst wear,
Nor how the shafts of pain do trouble it,
Send us a strengthening angel, in our need;
Oh! be Thyself that angel.


a portrait of that distinguished savant, Alexander Von Humboldt. This eminent philosopher was born at Berlin, September 14th, 1769. He is consequently now eighty years of age. During the whole of this long life he has been actively engaged in the pursuit of physical science, his contributions to which are almost as numerous as his years. He has visited almost every quarter of the world as a scientific traveller. His most celebrated scientific expedition was that in which he explored the regions of Central America, in the years 1799–1803. The results of that expedition have been of the utmost importance to science. The publications connected with it fill no less than seventeen folio and eleven quarto volumes, magnificently illustrated. The expedition next in importance

one to Central Asia, commenced in 1829. In this journey he explored the Uralian Mountains, the Caspian Sea, and the frontiers of China. The results were

published at Paris in 1843. His latest work is the Kosmos, published in 1847. Humboldt is said to be on the most intimate terms of personal friendship with the King and royal family of Prussia, by whom he is held in the highest estimation, and among whom he is almost domesticated.




(See Engraving.) There is no more common mistake than that before that, all the glorious achievements in of supposing that Americans are, as compared literature, in arms, in the growth of liberal with other nations, without national recollec- ideas, and the establishment of civil rights, are tions. Though our republic is young, our a joint inheritance. Among these historical nation is old. We have an inheritance in John recollections, to which every American may Milton and Oliver Cromwell, in Shakespeare, assert an inalienable birthright, are those and Spenser, and Chaucer, and Wickliffe, and connected with the grant of the Great Charter Alfred, and Caedmon, in the Long Parliament, of English liberty. and Battle Abbey, and Doomsday Book, and This celebrated spot is now a common, conin all the other great names and events of early sisting of one hundred and sixty acres, on the English history, just as inalienable as that of banks of the Thames, in the parish of Egham. the most loyal subjects of Queen Victoria. We give an excellent engraving of it in the Every great stream has a delta at its mouth. front of our present number, copied from a England is one, we are the other, of the two recent English work. Its name is said, by main channels through which the long stream Matthew of Westminster, to be derived from a of Anglo-Saxon life is emptying itself into the Saxon word signifying council-several councils great ocean of modern civilization. This delta having been held there, before that which has commences with the reign of George III., less given it such celebrity. than a century ago. All the long centuries

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